The Holland Museum will host the second Books and Blooms activity of the summer on  Monday, June 24! Each Books and Blooms will begin with a Story Time hosted by the Herrick District  Library at 10:00 am, followed by a fun, educational, and hands-on activity at 10:30 am. During the new Books and Blooms series located at Windmill Island Gardens, children can not only enjoy interactive stories, songs, and activities, but also enjoy our children’s carousel, playground, see our two Frisian horses, and 10 chickens all on the park grounds. 


This Monday during the second Books and Blooms of the season, children will be able to create their very own Blooming Shoes! Our friends from the Holland Museum will be joining us to help children create origami Dutch wooden shoes, or ‘klompen’, and create various flowers out of pipe cleaners, paper, and more to fill their shoes! 


The Holland Museum is located in Downtown Holland and focuses on interaction with history, culture, civic responsibility, and one another. They tell the stories of Holland, and the region, not to dictate how our children and citizens engage the past, but to encourage them to change and build a better future. Visit the  Holland Museum to see their current special exhibit ‘A Stich in Time: Lavina Cappon Tulip Time Legacy’ highlighting Lavina Cappon, a former Holland Public Schools teacher, and exploring her influence in shaping the unique aesthetic of Tulip Time. The Holland Museum is open Mondays, Fridays, and  Saturdays from 10 am – 5 pm with their current exhibit on display through September 16. 


Families are invited to Windmill Island Gardens every other Monday morning for our new bi-weekly Books and Blooms series from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm through August 12. The bi-weekly Books and Blooms series will begin with an interactive Story Time hosted by the Herrick District Library starting at 10:00 am,  followed by a come-and-go style activity led by a local non-profit organization from 10:30 am until 12:00  pm. The full schedule of activities can be found below and on the Books and Blooms Facebook event page. Activities are free to attend for Holland residents, with regular admission rates applying to non-Holland residents. A parent or guardian must remain onsite the entire time to supervise their children.  Activities take place in the park on the East side of the Posthouse building at Windmill Island Gardens (1  Lincoln Ave, Holland, MI, 49423). 


For more details on Books and Blooms and other upcoming events at Windmill Island Gardens, visit Windmill Island Gardens is open daily from 9:30 am – 6:00 pm (last admission sold at 5:00 pm) through October 1. 


Upcoming Books & Blooms Dates 

  • June 24 
    • Blooming Shoes
    • Holland Museum 
    • Join us to create your very own Blooming Shoes! With help from the Holland Museum, children will create origami Dutch wooden shoes, or ‘klompen’, and create flowers out of pipe cleaners, paper, and more to fill their shoes! 
  • July 8 
    • Planting Seeds & Yard Games 
    • Holland Parks and Recreation 
    • Join our friends from Holland Recreation as they guide participants in planting their very own seeds in pots they can proudly take home. After planting their pots, there will be a variety of yard games available for families to enjoy. 
  • July 22 
    • Water Conservation Rain Cloud Mobile 
    • Holland Board of Public Works 
    • Children can learn all about how water is essential to life! Join us to learn about 5 different water conservation tips on how you can save water in your everyday life by creating and decorating your own Rain  Cloud Mobile to take home! 
  • August 5 
    • Dutch Games and Seedlings 
    • Windmill Island Gardens 
    • Our very own Windmill Island Gardens staff will show children how to play various Dutch games, try on  Dutch costumes, and more! Children can also decorate biodegradable planters to bring home their very own plants grown right here at Windmill Island Gardens to plant and take care of at home! 
  • August 12 
    • Living Necklaces 
    • MSU Extension 
    • Children can create their very own Living Necklace with help from the MSU Extension! Learn about plant germination and take home your very own plant that you can care for, watch grow, and… wear!  


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